Chicago 16" Hall of Fame
Ray Blumenthal - 1950 - 1963 Era
Ray Blumenthal graduated from De
Paul Academy in 1948. While at De Paul, he was a four-year varisty
basketball player, winning the North Section championship in 1948.
As a teenager, Ray played with the Alderman Hoellen / Freeman
The Korean War called him away from softball but he kept his skills
sharp by playing baseball and basketball for Camp Zima in Yokohama,
Japan. Once his military service ended, he played with some of
the best teams on the North side, including the Tom Greenes and
the Fleck Republicans. He was a fixture on the Ron "Beetlebomb"
Brasch teams at Clarendon and other parks. He played in tournaments
at Clarendon, Welles, and Kelly parks in Chicago and in Blue Island
and Harvey. He also played in the legendary Daddy O Daylie League.
In 1963 he won the state championship with a team sponsored by
He was known as a "dump" hitter who could drop the ball
between the infield and outfield. As a result, he had a high on-base
average. From the late-1940s to the early-70s, Ray played with
or against numerous players who are now members of the Hall of
Ray passed his love of sports to his four children, fifteen grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren. Many of them played softball, baseball,
and basketball as well as other sports in grammar school, high
school, college, and beyond.
Bliss siad, "Our next inductee of the night played with Alderman
Hoellen, the Tom Greenes, and the Fleck Republicans. He also played
in the Daddy O Daylie League and played on teams managed by the
legendary Ron "Beetlebomb" Brasch at Clarendon and in
Blue Island. The Hall of Fame honors Ray Blumenthal."
Accepting his place into the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame
Blumenthal simply said, "Thank You very much."